The list of digital tools that I have on my “must check out” list is forever long and growing faster than I can keep up with. When I hear of new tools in professional development settings, I always make a note to check it out and have a weekly routine of checking for new programs, apps, and tools.
The other, I found one that is a WINNER! It’s called EDpuzzle and I’m in love. EDpuzzle is a site that some of my high school world language teacher-colleagues have been using for years. The site is a fantastic resource for the interpretive mode of communication as it allows you to insert voiceovers, comments, and comprehension questions into a video. You can also embed links, images, and if you happen to use Google Classroom, there is a direct plug-in.
On my first night of playing with the program, I was able to create a sample class, import a video from YouTube, upload a video of myself teaching a sample lesson and input voiceovers in the sample lesson, and add comprehension questions in the YouTube video all in about an hour. Yesterday, I played with sending the videos using a unique link to users without an EDpuzzle account and was successful (although we did notice that it seems to work best in Chrome and Safari, and of course if the user is not logged in with an account the system will not record their responses for grading by the teacher). Today, I created a video and will embed it in this post for visitors to check out.
How might you use this tool in your classes? Here are just a few ideas:
- Flipped model classes: Record your “lecture” portion of your class and post it for students to watch
- Flipped model or class prep activities: Find videos online and add 1) a full voiceover to the video; 2) insert comments wherever you like; 3) insert “quiz” questions in multiple choice style or open-ended style; 4) add comments for students so they can take notes or pay special attention to specific parts of videos
- Authentic resource integration: Find authentic videos of all kinds (there’s a direct link to YouTube), or draw from the EDpuzzle library and expose students to authentic speech and culture without losing precious class time
- Assessment preparation: We know students struggle with the interpretive listening/reading component of assessment most. This is a great way to provide extra practice to students in a way that also allows you to track their progress and identify areas where you might need to dedicate extra energy.
There are endless ways to use this free tool and the best part is that it’s designed for teachers and students in the communicative, flipped classroom. The accounts are free and you can set the privacy settings as you see fit. In my opinion, this is a great tool for instructors looking to incorporate more listening and viewing into their teaching.
Check out this demo I made in less than 20 minutes: